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Leftover Pork and Potato Soup

Overview of a large ceramic cooking pot, with green lime green handles and a charcoal colored rim, filled with a hearty soup - chunks of pork, sliced carrots and potatoes, and greens, plus spices all visible. Text overlay Leftover Pork & Potato Soup.

4.8 from 26 reviews

Super easy homemade pork and potato soup recipe is the best way to use leftover pork. It’s thick and creamy – almost like a stew – but dairy-free (no cream cheese). Whole30 compliant and if you skip the pork, it’s a delicious vegetarian meal!


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 celery ribs, diced
  • 4 large carrots, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 4 medium potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 cups leftover pork, cubed into 1/2” pieces or smaller
  • 2 Tbsp onion flakes
  • 2 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground or rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 large fistfuls of kale


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery and carrots and cook on medium until the onions just start to turn translucent.
  2. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until the vegetables start to become soft.
  3. Add the potatoes and chicken stock and simmer, cooking until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add the leftover pork, seasonings and kale and cook until the kale is wilted and the pork is heated through, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.


  • Any leftover meat will work well in this soup recipe. Leftover carnitas, classic pot roast, or  Instant Pot whole chicken will work. The flavors may vary a little, but that’s the beauty of leftovers!
  • Use up any stray veggies from your fridge for this meal. If you have the staples mentioned in the recipe, use them, but if you want to add in whichever diced veggies you may have on hand, go right ahead! They will be delicious in this pork soup.


Keywords: Pork Soup